It's been more than 20 years since the Schengen agreement took effect, liberating travel between European countries. Today, 26 countries, members of the Schengen Area, have abolished border controls and share a common visa policy.
Although the agreement was seen as a major achievement of European integration that has facilitated travel, tourism and trade, fueling economic growth, it has also received criticism for enabling the uncontrolled movement of migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Temporary border closures by various governments have taken effect across Europe earlier in 2016 in an attempt to keep migrants out.
Still, hundreds of border checkpoints across Europe remain abandoned and in various states of repair.
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